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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Remote and online learning will continue at the University of Oregon through winter term as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the state.

UO in August said fall classes would shift primarily to online learning, following the lead of many other state school districts and universities.

The school said it had hoped to return to primarily in-person instruction by the beginning of winter term by expanding testing through the fall. Those hopes were dashed on Tuesday in a message from UO President Michael Schill.

“We made this decision based on our careful monitoring of COVID-19 indicators and prevalence in Lane County and across Oregon," Schill said. "As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the health and safety of the entire UO community remains our top priority. We will continue to take precautions, evaluate the situation, and adapt as necessary.”

In his email, Schill said winter term would include a mix of remote and online classes and some in-person instruction. That in-person instruction will focus on some experiential courses, including labs, studio or creative classes, physical education, and a handful of other courses.

Schill said all in-person classes will follow strict COVID-19 precautions.

Related: OSU, UO facing same COVID-19 challenges as students return to campus

“As we look ahead to spring term, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 indicators,” Schill said. “We hope to be able to expand the level of in-person courses and experiences, as it is safe to do so. This can only happen if we all work together to prevent the spread of the virus.”

The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday said the state's death toll from the coronavirus had surpassed 600, "marking an unhappy milestone for all Oregonians."

OHA also reported 321 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19.

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Tony

UO and OSU are allowed to open, other colleges are not to open. Seems like Phil Knight might have had some financial influence since other colleges are not allowed to open, and grade schools, where kids are hardly touched, are prohibited to open. The science is not being considered or even followed through.

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'UO says winter classes will be mostly online as COVID-19 cases climb in Oregon' So will UO refund some tuition costs?

Kire

Nothing here but an irresponsible and cruel political agenda. The facts show that those under 75 and those without serious health issues are not at serious risk from contracting the virus. As our society treats all other viruses and sicknesses, only those individuals who are most vulnerable need take special precautions. Given this time proven approach, how is it that we cannot all go on with our lives? No, it is irresponsible and cruel to punish more than 98% of the population thinking it is protecting the 0.4% who might die if they contract the virus. The government's job is to protect our freedoms. It is each individual's job to protect their own health.

Tony

Sorry to say, Kire, but it don't go along with a socialist sort of agenda to control everyone.

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